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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet Robert Turner of Red Dwarf LEGO

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    Sci-fi buffs - rejoice! This week's 10K Club member has got your sci-fi cravings covered! Please say hi to Robert Turner, a.k.a Legobob32, whose passion for the cult TV show led to the 7 month long build journey of the Red Dwarf Lego project that gained the 10,000 supporters even quicker than the time it took to build. 

    Help us congratulate Robert on becoming a part of the exclusive LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK.

     

    1. How old are you?
      34.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I am a Sales Manager for an Architectural Ironmonger.

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      In my spare time, I like to restore vintage LEGO sets as well as building sets of my own of course.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?
      I’ve been building LEGO since I was 5 years old. My father bought me the vintage 7720 Diesel Freight Train set which I still have.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      It has to be 21103 DeLorean Time Machine (Back to the Future) as I’m nostalgic for all things 80’s, even though I still do not own the set itself.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      It has to be 87087 1x1 brick with stud, without this handy brick the Red Dwarf Lego project would not be the set it is.

     


    ^ Can you spot Robert's favourite brick - 87087 - in his comprehensive parts list?

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      Some of the design methods and builds I’ve seen, for instance Brent Waller’s Ghostbuster Ecto-1 21108 and the LEGO Millennium Falcon 75105 have truly impressed me and I would have never thought of them unless I’d seen the instructions to these.

     

    1. Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I visit Brickowl and Bricklink most days as their catalogue of parts are amazing and they make ordering a wide variety of different parts very easy.  

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      I am a massive fan of sci-fi and in particular Red Dwarf. I noticed that not many ideas from the show had been pitched, so I decided I’d create one myself.

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      The sliding door in the crew quarters and also the booster section of the Blue Midget, which both went through several changes to ensure they remained accurate to the TV show. Sourcing all the dark red and dark blue parts needed, was also a challenge in itself.

     


    ^ Pictured to the left is the neat sliding door for the crew quarters

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      The set was all created in my spare time and took approximately 7 months to complete, this included designing, sourcing parts and building.

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes and how long did it take?
      The project achieved 10K in 165 days, I was absolutely thrilled at the speed it got there and the support I had from Red Dwarf’s cast and crew as well as many other media outlets.

     


    ^ Robert poses with Chris Barrie who played Arnold J. Rimmer in the Red Dwarf series

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      Approximately 900.

     


    ^ A few of the 900 bricks Robert used all neatly bagged and pinned for an optimised work space. Lots of inspirational photos as well!


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      I probably spent more hours promoting the project online and in magazines than I did creating the set, so once you upload your project don’t simply sit back and wait for the supporters to appear.

     


    ^ Robert attended conventions to display and gather support for his Red Dwarf Lego project! 

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      I think the Ship In A Bottle, The Flagship Leviathan project is a truly amazing build and I voted for the project as soon as I saw it.

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      Don’t be afraid to ask the LEGO Ideas team direct, any questions you may have on creating and promoting your project. I received lots of help from the team relating to the use of stickers, modifications and other things I was not sure on.

     

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  • LEGO Ideas Test Lab has gone offline.

    From mid-January through mid-April, LEGO Ideas members were invited to help us test a new version of our software platform called LEGO Ideas Test Lab. Test Lab has gone offline today as planned. Thanks to those of you who joined in our little experiment, including new features and a new Challenge format.

    Introducing the Test Labber Badge

    As a small token of our appreciation for you being here, every active Test Lab member* who is also a member of LEGO Ideas will receive the Test Labber badge today. Special thanks to member THUURART for encouraging us to commemroate Test Lab with a badge.

    * The fine print: To receive the Test Labber badge, you must have been a LEGO Ideas Test Lab member with an account prior to April 6th and participated by voting, commenting, or submitting an activity or Fourth Build on LEGO Ideas Test Lab (sorry, lurkers!).

    What's next for LEGO Ideas?

    Toward the end of May, we'll upgrade the LEGO Ideas platform. You'll see some small changes, but most of this upgrade is behind the scenes. Think of this step like putting a stronger foundation under our building, so we can build higher in the future. If you were active on Test Lab, note that you will not see features like Community Cafe, Challenges, or Activities on LEGO Ideas ... at least for now. Most importantly, your Projects will continue to work as they always haveWe're also continuing to work on our roadmap to make LEGO Ideas even better in the months and years to come. In the future, we may introduce features similar to ones we've evaluated in Test Lab. We'll communicate about those when the time is right.

     

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  • LEGO Ideas Test Lab Winners

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    Over the last few months we had the pleasure to host a Fourth Build challenge on the LEGO Ideas Test Lab platform and were astounded by the creativity and results that poured out of the community. All 572 Fourth Builds were impressive in their own way, but as the challenge progressed, the Fourth Builds were narrowed down in various stages until just 10 were left. From these a Kids Vote recently determined the Top 3 winners, whilst a Brick Vote determined a fan's choice winner. Check out all the winners below.

    Congrats once again to all winners and all participants!

     

    First Place - Scary Scorpion! by rjhanson36  

     

    Second Place - Dino Island Recon Plane by jjrailton

     

    Third Place - Mighty Dinosaurs - Green Ankylosaurus by Lord_Mithrandir

     

    Brick Vote Winner - Locust/Grasshopper by autoreverse

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  • 10K Club Interview: Meet So Youn Kim of Lego Store Modular Version

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    If you're a LEGO fan, which we're pretty sure you might be if you're hanging around this neck of the woods, then you'll surely have to look carefully as we introduce this week's 10K Club member. Please welcome So Youn Kim, a.k.a kashaka, the book designer turned serious AFOL, who created the dream Lego Store Modular Version that includes everything from a Pick-A-Brick wall to Wall-E, packaged in an intricate exterior design. 

    Help us congratulate So Youn on becoming a part of the exclusive LEGO Ideas 10K Club!
     

     

    About Yourself

    1. Where are you from?
      I am from Seoul, Korea.

     

    1. How old are you?
      I am 45 years old.

     

    1. What do you study or do for a living?
      I used to be a book designer but I’m currently a serious AFOL.

     


    ^ So Youn stands proud with her 10K LEGO Ideas build, the Lego Store Modular Version

     

    1. What hobbies do you have?
      My favorite hobby is obviously building with LEGO. I love paper cutting as well. Both of them make me concentrate on creating very complicated outputs from extremely simple materials. Besides this, I am also a serious movie buff.

     

    1. How and when did your interest for LEGO come about?

      When I was around 7 years old, my dad brought a big box of LEGO products home but my three brothers didn’t show that much interest. I felt lucky since I got fascinated with it.

      However, I had not been serious about LEGO until I bought 10211 Grand Emporium in 2011.  With it, I rediscovered my interest in LEGO products and started to buy other modular sets.


      Four years later, I started to build my own creation for the first time. This project is my second one built in 2016.

     

    1. What is your favourite official LEGO set? Why?
      It is 10185 Green Grocer. I actually love the old modulars in the series since they are very attractive purely from the architectural perspective of their exterior.

      Among those old modular sets, Green Grocer is the best in terms of its detailed exterior with beautiful sand green brick walls, a strongly impressive black roof top and fire escape ladders that moves up and down in the backside.

      Whenever I see all modular sets that are displayed in my study, Green Grocer stands out.

     


    ^ A collection of official sets and MOCs that any AFOL would get excited about! Can anyone spot the Hulkbuster?

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO element? Why?
      It is transparent bricks with no color. Since their quality is so nice, they look like real glass sometimes.

     

    1. Is there a LEGO designer (official LEGO designer or fan designer) who you are inspired by and look up to? Who and why?
      It is Jamie Berard, who designed 10182 Café Corner and 10185 Green Grocer. I believe that it is extremely hard to design the prototypes, which can be a guide for the following products. I think he successfully set up the standard of modular buildings and other large-scale LEGO building products. Therefore, I do believe that he deserves respect.

     

    1. Is there one or more particular LEGO related websites (not official LEGO websites) that you visit often and/or are inspired by?
      I often visit Brickfinder and MOCpages. I also visit flickr.com to find the most trending LEGO images as well.  

     

    About Your Project

    1. Where did your interest in this particular model come from?
      All LEGO lovers, including myself, always want more LEGO bricks and LEGO products. We sometimes dream of owning an entire LEGO store with a beautiful Pick-A-Brick wall. One day, I just decided to make that dream come true, partially, by building my own LEGO store with LEGO bricks.

     


    ^ The early stages of the building phase of the Lego Store Modular Version

     

    1. What special challenges did you face creating the model? What was the most difficult part to recreate?
      I faced challenges when I initially designed the rooftop. I wanted to avoid the similar roof top design of other typical LEGO buildings and make up a unique one since it can dictate the overall image of the store.


      My initial idea was to make the roof top look old but very distinctive but I failed with bricks that are typically used in modular scale buildings.

      By accident, I found some technic gear bulk bricks from Star Wars products and thought it would be interesting if I used them in decorating the rooftop. It really worked in the end.

     

    1. How long did it take to complete the model?
      It took a few days in sketching with pen and paper initially, followed by a few months in sourcing all the bricks I needed. After I finished the sourcing, actual assembly took only two weeks.

     


    ^ So Youn's detailed concept sketches shows how her model evolved into the final version. Can you spot the differences?

     

    1. How did it feel when you reached the magic 10,000 votes?
      WOW! Literally, I got overwhelmed since I had never expected to get 10K supports. Even when I got 8K supports, I was not sure if I could get 2K more. Therefore, I felt like flying on a cloud when the number of supporters reached 10K after 7 months from my submission. 

      Most of all, I felt so much happy by the fact that LEGO fans all around the world love and respect my project.

     

    1. Approximately how many LEGO bricks did you use to create your model?
      Frankly speaking, I have no idea since I didn’t use LDD and manually assembled the model based on my concept sketches. However, my estimation is around 1800 bricks since it has only one story unlike similar sized official LEGO modular sets with minimum two stories with over 2000 bricks used.


    About LEGO Ideas

    1. Do you have any useful advice about creating a successful LEGO Ideas project?
      I am confident that concentration on the subject you are really interested in is extremely important. Successful creations come from the details, which cannot be easily achieved with subjects you are not familiar with.

      Continuous trial with the same subject is highly recommended.

     

    1. What is your favourite LEGO Ideas project (besides your own of course)?
      It is 21302 The Big Bang Theory since it captures the essence of humor well and includes many detailed and unique items from the actual show in a very tight space.

     


    ^ So Youn's favourite LEGO Ideas set might be The Big Bang Theory set, but it appears it was micro Wall-E who won the selection for the coveted window display placement

     

    1. What is it about the platform that attracts you? What tips would you give to anyone who is thinking about uploading an idea?
      Active interaction with all people who left any kind of comment is essential. I have replied to every single comment and sometimes got detailed feedback with improvement ideas on my project.

      Continuous updates with interesting tweaks or features are a plus. They don’t have to be significant or serious. I actually posted a new update whenever I got additional 1K supports and was happy to see my supporters and followers really enjoyed those updates.

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  • Update to LEGO® Ideas Guidelines: Restricting projects based on active licenses

    Since we started accepting your ideas for new LEGO sets, we’ve kept our Guidelines open until we learn something is simply not practical. Early on, we learned to restrict projects that proposed an entire playtheme, new LEGO elements, and ideas that weren’t brick-based LEGO sets. Along the way, we’ve gradually adjusted the scope of projects we accept as we learn what is realistically possible. We will continue to do so as we evolve the LEGO Ideas experience.

    Over the years, we have heard from many of you who have wondered if we would ever approve a project based on an existing license like Star Wars or MARVEL Super Heroes. Our Guidelines have maintained that these types of concepts are more likely to overlap our existing pipeline, and they have a smaller chance of passing our review because we are actively developing those product lines.

    LEGO Ideas will no longer accept new submissions based on third-party licenses that are active in the LEGO Group’s portfolio.

    Today we’ve updated our Guidelines and House Rules to clarify the types of models we will accept as LEGO® Ideas projects. The main focus of this update is that we will no longer allow projects that are based on currently active licenses in our product portfolio, like Star Wars, MARVEL Super Heroes, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and so on.

    We’ve updated our Guidelines about licensed properties to reflect this, and added a list of restricted licensed properties to the License Conflicts and Resolutions page in the Knowledge Base. If we retire a third-party license and it didn't enter the LEGO portfolio via LEGO Ideas we'll remove it from our list, and you’ll then be welcome to submit projects based on it.

    Why are you leaving existing projects active instead of archiving them?

    In some cases, when we introduce new Guidelines we’ve archived affected projects. In this case, we’ve found many Ideas projects reference active third-party IP. Quite a few of these projects include sub-brands, spin offs, and extended universes from our licenses. In order to archive these projects, we would first need to review and decide on each one. Instead, we will evaluate and apply the Guideline to new project submissions going forward. Projects currently being reviewed, as well as active projects that reach 10,000 supporters in the future, will still be evaluated as part of the LEGO Review. Just like before, these projects would have a slimmer chance of passing the LEGO Ideas review, as they overlap with existing licenses in the LEGO product portfolio.

    We’ve also made minor updates to our Terms of Service:

    • Section III.(ii.) Commercialization and Compensation: Added payment schedule to second paragraph.
    • Section V. Rules of Conduct: Replaced the first sentence, which was previously omitted in error.
    • Updated document version number at top, and trademark year at bottom.


    Thanks again for participating here on LEGO Ideas. It’s an honor that you want to contribute toward future LEGO products that inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. We hope this update clarifies the types of product ideas we’re able to consider and focuses your efforts toward new and different concepts for potential LEGO products.

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